Shepard Fairey, ‘Hope’, 2008, Heritage Auctions
Shepard Fairey, ‘Hope’, 2008, Heritage Auctions

Edition: AP (aside from an edition of 600).

This widely used image of Barak Obama came to represent the 2008 Presidential Election. According to The Guardian's Laura Barton this image "acquired the kind of instant recognition of Jim Fitzpatrick's Che Guevara poster, and is surely set to grace T-shirts, coffee mugs and the walls of student bedrooms in the years to come." —Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Signature: Signed, dated and annotated A.P. in pencil on recto.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Shepard Fairey

Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey’s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an international cultural phenomenon. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.

American, b. 1970, Charleston, SC, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States